You can learn how to play The Scientist by Coldplay!
The Scientist is a single from the band Coldplay. The song has a great music video, telling the story line backwards.
Originally composed and performed on the piano, this one guitar arrangement uses an open tuning, something Coldplay do well, especially on their first (and in my opinion best) album Parachutes.
By allowing the top two strings (tuned to C and F) to be a part of every chord we get different extensions for the chords that are unique and bind the chord progression together. This is a similar technique to how Wonderwall is arranged.
In the video lessons, you’ll see all chords played for the entire song using an open tuning.
In most piano players’ favorite key of F, these are the chords during the intro/verse/outro.
| Dm7 | Bbadd9 | F | Fsus2 | repeat
The chorus has some strange extensions, the progression is simple, using only chords IV – I – V.
| Bbadd9 | Bbadd9 | F | Fsus2 | x2
| Cadd11/G | Cadd11/G |
Finally, the instrumental section has just two chords.
| F | Bbadd9 | F | Fsus2 |
Playing in an open tuning
The extensions created in The Scientist are mainly achieved by utilizing the two top open strings, now tuned to C and F.
Many artists have based their arrangements, and sometimes entire sets, upon open tunings. John Martyn, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchel and Ani Difranco have all created signature sounds with their tunings, sometimes ending up with one tuning per song!
If you feel this could be the way forward for you, start by changing only one or two strings. This will ensure you have a chance to know what’s happening on the fret board.
Once the open tuning bug has bitten, it might never let go!
The Scientist – Lyrics
Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are
I had to find you, tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart
Go to The Scientist – Lyrics.
Coldplay – Biography
With influences such as Irish U2 and American R.E.M, Coldplay’s songs were set for Stadium greatness.
Starting out in 96, with the first album released in 2000, Coldplay has spent twenty years playing stadiums to adoring fans.
Go to Coldplay – Biography.